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Vendorly Collaborates With Shared Assessments

Vendorly, a vendor oversight platform for financial institutions, has collaborated with Shared Assessments, a source in third-party risk management, to license the Standardized Information Gathering (SIG) Questionnaire. The SIG Questionnaire is available for Vendorly customers to access the industry-standard list of questions, based on the risk profile of their vendor engagement.


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Built on best practices by the Shared Assessments member community, the SIG Questionnaire provides standardization and efficiency in performing third-party risk assessments. Vendorly customers no longer need to rely solely on internal expertise in knowing the difference between frameworks (i.e. ISO or NIST) and instead can rely on the standardized questionnaire to help define how to mitigate risk. With over 50,000 vendors actively managed on the Vendorly platform, the addition of the SIG functionality showcases Vendorly’s commitment to raising the standards of third-party risk management (TPRM). The SIG effectively becomes the standard for all questionnaires, helping to satisfy the universe of a TPRM professional’s risk control areas.


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“Vendor management is becoming increasingly complex, covering more and more areas,” said Jim Vaca, Senior Vice President, Vendorly. “By recognizing the pain points experienced by the customers and vendors we work with, we felt a need to bring additional efficiency to both. So often our clients and prospects ask for guidance on the right questions to ask, even something as simple as how long the questionnaire should be. The standardization of questionnaires is long overdue and we are excited to be offering the Shared Assessments SIG Questionnaire to our clients.”


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“We commend Vendorly for joining the community of third-party risk practitioners working to create assurance in vendor relationships,” said Catherine A. Allen, Chairman & CEO, The Santa Fe Group | Shared Assessments. “By adopting and contributing to the Shared Assessments standard, Vendorly is working to create standard assessments that are reliable, relevant and efficient.”


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Vendorly is a SaaS vendor oversight platform designed to help financial institutions manage their vendors and meet their evolving vendor oversight obligations. The Vendorly platform can help to streamline vendor due diligence, document maintenance, monitoring and audits. Vendorly is part of the Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (NASDAQ: ASPS) family of businesses.

Originators Weigh In On Industry Risks And Challenges

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (“Altisource” or the “Company”), a provider of real estate, mortgage and technology services, released its 2018 report, “The State of the Originations Industry.” The report showcases results from the annual Origination Solutions Survey, a survey of over 200 decision makers in the mortgage origination business.  


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Mortgage origination professionals (29 percent) cited increased purchase business competition as the biggest challenge in today’s mortgage market; 25 percent said margin compression due to regulatory mandates and 24 percent pointed to elevated interest rates. With the increased purchase business competition, there are fewer loan transactions for which to compete. This is primarily driven by a tightened inventory of existing and new construction, which helped drive home price appreciation. The combination of higher interest rates and higher home prices has impacted affordability, which has made it harder for consumers to upgrade to more expensive housing and limited the inventory of starter homes. As the available purchase business declines, capturing this business relies on the originator’s ability to quickly respond to requests and originate loans faster, with great customer experience.


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When looking at the most promising market opportunity, the mortgage origination professionals surveyed ranked construction loans as the most promising (25 percent) and non-QM loans (not including jumbo loans) (20 percent) as the second most promising. Construction activity should increase over the next year due to the robust demand in the overall housing market and the historical shortage of existing housing supply. The non-QM market is predicted to grow by 400 percent over the next year1 and while this growth only represents an increase of $5 billion-$8 billion in annual production, the appetite for this asset class is still growing and the non-QM opportunity should be watched.


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“The survey uncovered many industry insights, including risks and challenges present in the market,” said Justin Vedder, Chief Operating Officer, Origination Solutions, Altisource. “The biggest challenge identified, with respect to the mortgage market, is the economic environment today and into the near future. With that said, originators can take certain steps to stay competitive. For example, consider outsourcing some or all fulfillment, closing and processing operations, join a peer network, continue to look for new talent while also focusing on the retention of top performers, add new loan programs but offload the risk and operational cost to a third-party and be bold with piloting programs that will generate higher margin revenue.”


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Click here to download the full report, “The State of the Originations Industry.”

Servicers Expect To See Growth And Increased Delinquencies In Their FHA Portfolios

Altisource has released its 2018 report, “The State of the Servicer Industry.” The report highlights results from the third annual Default Servicing Survey, a survey of over 200 mortgage default servicing professionals.  With the general decline in inventory over the past five years, servicers are expressing interest in working with larger service providers who offer end-to-end capabilities.


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According to the study, when evaluating a vendor to manage their default portfolio, a majority of servicing professionals surveyed consider end-to-end default disposition (93 percent) and REO asset management (93 percent) capabilities important.  Of the servicing professionals surveyed, 86 percent cited that their organization currently services FHA loans. Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) expect their FHA loan portfolio to increase over the next 12 to 24 months and 77 percent expect the increase to be more than 25 percent.


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While FHA loan delinquency rates remain low, servicers need to be prepared to handle these delinquencies. Servicing professionals (73 percent) cited using a third-party vendor as part of their CWCOT program management. When asked what factors are important when choosing a CWCOT vendor, 91 percent of those surveyed said end-to-end capabilities/outside services (i.e. closing, valuation, title curative).  


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“Based on the survey results, recent economic indicators suggest that the housing market is approaching an inflection point,” said Patrick G. McClain, Senior Vice President of Hubzu Auction Services and Equator for Altisource.”While delinquency and foreclosure rates remain low, home price appreciation is slowing and interest rates are rising. With lower origination volumes and an expanding credit box, servicers expect to see growth and increased delinquencies in their FHA portfolios.

“Now is the time for servicers to review their internal capabilities and ensure they are partnered with the best vendors to effectively manage their FHA delinquent loans to avoid unnecessary cost, increased risk and to maximize returns.”

The report can be accessed online at http://go.altisource.com/State-of-Servicing.html

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Altisource Names Justin Vedder COO Of Origination Solutions

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (“Altisource” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: ASPS), a provider of services and technologies to the mortgage and real estate industries, announced the appointment of Justin Vedder as Chief Operating Officer, Origination Solutions.

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In his new role, Mr. Vedder will be responsible for the growth of Altisource’s Origination Solutions business which brings together the integrated and consultative products, services and solutions needed by mortgage market participants of all sizes throughout the loan origination and secondary market execution process. Lenders and investors can leverage Altisource’s full suite of data-enabled products and solutions as well as the insights of an experienced team to help maximize efficiency and gain a competitive edge in today’s increasingly competitive loan origination marketplace. Altisource’s integrated end-to-end solutions are built on a scalable platform aimed to help businesses improve controls and drive efficiencies.

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Altisource’s Origination Solutions Platform includes Trelix Mortgage Fulfillment Services, CastleLine Insurance Services, the Lenders One cooperative, Granite Risk Management, Mortgage Builder Loan Origination System, Springhouse Valuations, and Premium Title and Settlement Services.

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Previously, Mr. Vedder served as Vice President of National Sales, Origination Solutions where he was instrumental in growing the Origination Solutions customer base and driving long-term strategic client relationships. Prior to joining Altisource, he was the Executive Vice President of CastleLine where he assisted in the development and launch of the Certified Loan Program. He is a renowned thought leader in the industry and has spoken nationally on various topics including mortgage fraud, loan production and defects, repurchase management, auditing of lenders, insurance and various other mortgage banking-related matters. Mr. Vedder’s appointment follows the departure of Bryan Binder and Jason Garmise, who joined Altisource in 2015 through the acquisition of CastleLine. Mr. Binder and Mr. Garmise will be leaving the company to pursue a new business venture.

“With over 17 years of sales and management experience in the mortgage and insurance industries, Justin has a proven track record of driving business development, innovating new solutions for large and sophisticated clients, and exceeding revenue targets,” said William Shepro, Chief Executive Officer of Altisource. “Justin’s business acumen, combined with his indispensable role in shaping the way customers leverage Altisource’s extensive offerings by utilizing the ‘One Altisource’ model, are great indicators of the potential growth he can help deliver while leading the Origination Solutions initiative.”

Springhouse Receives MOR RV2 Residential Vendor Ranking

Springhouse has received Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC’s MOR RV2 residential-vendor ranking as an asset valuation provider. Morningstar’s forecast for the ranking is Positive. Founded in 2009, Springhouse is a full-service valuation solutions and appraisal management company. Springhouse provides property valuation and appraisal services in all 50 states and five major territories in the United States.

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As a member of the Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. family of businesses (“Altisource”), Springhouse leverages Altisource’s shared services. With Altisource’s extensive and diversified product solutions for the real estate industry, Springhouse clients are provided the opportunity to consolidate services with a single full-service vendor.

The Morningstar ranking is based on a variety of factors, including:

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>>Springhouse has an effective corporate governance program that monitors the company’s compliance with appraisal independence requirements and the customary and reasonable fee provisions contained in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The compliance area also ensures that the appropriate state licenses are in place and current. The company continues to obtain an SSAE No. 16 (Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization) SOC 1 report annually.

>>Springhouse has strong vendor-selection criteria and vendor-rating standards that effectively measure vendor performance, as reflected in the execution of service-level agreements with its customers.

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>>Quality control standards are embedded in Springhouse’s proprietary and third-party technology, ensuring that work orders received from vendors are thoroughly reviewed and that clients receive a quick report turnaround time and low revision rate.

>>Springhouse benefits from a solid technology environment, a well-defined project management process, effective network security protocols, and a disaster recovery and business continuity plan that leverages the company’s geographically diverse office locations for built-in redundancy.

Springhouse has completed more than 570,000 valuations since 2012 using its nationwide vendor panel of more than 24,000 brokers and appraisers. In addition to a full suite of appraisal and BPO solutions, the company provides innovative and alternative valuation products for use in originations, servicing and capital markets. Springhouse is focused on sustained growth initiatives, entering 2018 with a new sales and management team in place and anticipates several new products and services to be announced in the coming year.

Helping FHA Servicers Optimize Pre-Conveyance Asset Disposition

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (“Altisource”) (NASDAQ: ASPS), a provider of real estate, mortgage and technology services, released a white paper entitled “New Opportunities for Servicers to Optimize CWCOT Disposition Strategies.” The white paper provides servicers with a road map for an effective and efficient Claims Without Conveyance of Title (CWCOT) program strategy.

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As the popularity of Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured home loan lending expands, servicers are looking to refine their strategy for managing foreclosed homes under FHA’s CWCOT program. FHA developed the CWCOT program to help build stronger communities by preserving the condition and accelerating the sale of its real estate owned (REO) properties. To accomplish FHA’s objectives, the CWCOT program provides the servicer with two primary claim channels: sale at foreclosure auction (or shortly thereafter as a so-called “second chance” auction) and conveyance to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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As FHA loan volumes and delinquencies continue to increase (in 2016, FHA loans accounted for over 17 percent of newly originated mortgages yet they currently comprise 34.1 percent of all over-30-day delinquent loans, servicers will need more advanced strategies to optimize the disposition of CWCOT-eligible properties and achieve the CWCOT program’s goal of building stronger communities. This white paper provides servicers with a roadmap for an effective and efficient CWCOT program strategy — one that incorporates elements of decision theory and risk modeling to simplify and streamline processes while decreasing loss severity for servicers.

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Click here to download the white paper, “New Opportunities for Servicers to Optimize CWCOT Disposition Strategies.”

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (NASDAQ: ASPS) is an integrated service provider and marketplace for the real estate and mortgage industries. Combining operational excellence with a suite of innovative services and technologies, Altisource helps solve the demands of the ever-changing market.

Altisource Launches Enhanced Vendor Oversight Platform

Altisource Portfolio Solutions has expanded its Vendorly platform. The platform launched last year exclusively for members of the Lenders One Cooperative, a national alliance of independent mortgage bankers, and is now available to the broader mortgage and community bankers market outside of the Lenders One network. The Vendorly platform is designed to help streamline vendor due diligence, document maintenance, monitoring and audits.

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The scrutiny of vendor oversight practices continues to be a focus of regulators. It’s important for mortgage and community bankers to have a multifaceted vendor oversight program. Through the Vendorly platform, and its vendor oversight offerings, Vendorly can help strengthen its customers’ compliance management framework and increase their operational efficiencies. Vendorly offers managed vendor oversight services, including due diligence, document management, annual assessments, information security assessments, financial condition reviews and on-site audits.

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Vendorly is announcing collaboration with Secure Insight, an innovator in the mortgage industry in providing settlement agent risk evaluation, rating, monitoring and database reporting on fully vetted mortgage closing professionals. Currently servicing close to 100 clients nationwide, Secure Insight will deliver real-time risk ratings and related settlement agent data to clients through the Vendorly platform. Together, Secure Insight and Vendorly intend to develop a platform that produces a transaction-based tool with risk data on each transaction prior to a closing (and just before the proceeds are wired). It is expected that this process will provide data in a more efficient, streamlined manner and give lenders greater comfort in the protection of their money, documents and consumer data at each closing.

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“Our relationship with Secure Insight allows us to leverage their deep expertise in settlement agent oversight and industry-leading database of over 50,000 vetted and rated agents, which has been a decade in the making,” said Jim Vaca, vice president, Vendorly. “With Vendorly, we’ve developed an easy-to-use platform for delivering stronger vendor management across all vendor types. Since our initial launch, we’ve provided our Vendorly solution to more than 50 customers, whose direct feedback helped shape the technology we are offering today.  Leveraging Altisource’s technology and industry expertise has enabled us to help bring efficiency to our clients’ vendor management processes.”

“We have always recognized that lenders are seeking a complete solution for vendor management, one that encompasses the different areas of risk and the various vendors that make up the universe of third parties with whom lenders conduct business,” said Andrew Liput, president and chief executive officer, Secure Insight. “We are excited to combine our specific expertise in settlement agent oversight with Vendorly’s oversight services, uniting our efforts to develop an integrated solution that will deliver our risk data on a transaction basis for greater loan efficiency and operational security at the closing table.”

Integration Streamlines The Title Process

Premium Title, a national provider of title and escrow services, has launched an integration with LendingQB’s end-to-end, browser-based loan origination system (LOS). The integration can help provide customers with the ability to obtain title and settlement quotes faster, place orders with Premium Title and receive a title fee certificate guaranteeing fees for 30 days, all without leaving the LendingQB platform.

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This integration, gives Premium Title clients the capability to experience a seamless and more efficient process within the LendingQB LOS platform. Lenders using LendingQB can receive an automated quote for title services and a title fee certificate guaranteeing title fees, which auto-populates into the LOS. LendingQB can also maintain the loan estimate and any adjustments in fees associated with the loan, assisting with TRID compliance and faster disclosure timelines.

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“Teaming up with LendingQB allows us to expand our network by providing customers with greater access to our exceptional title services and solutions,” said James A. Weld, president of Premium Title. “The positive feedback from our beta customers helps confirm that this integration is adding quality and efficiency to the loan origination process.”

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“We are pleased to offer Premium Title’s services through our loan origination system,” said Tim Nguyen, president of LendingQB. “This integration is a prime example of our best-of-breed strategy that will provide lenders with the ease of researching fees, ordering title services and receiving documents directly from Premium Title.”

Altisource Further Automates FHA Lending

Altisource Portfolio Solutions launched a specialized Federal Housing Authority (FHA) offering, taking advantage of its end-to-end product suite to assist in improving controls and mitigating risk throughout the lifecycle of servicing an FHA asset.

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FHA loans represent a growing share of many Servicers’ portfolios and require specialized processes to comply with complex servicing guidance. The Altisource FHA offering provides servicers the ability to help reduce timelines and increase efficiencies with transparency through a customizable approach. From integrated field services, title services and property repairs to Claims Without Conveyance of Title (CWCOT) Auction Services, the complete suite of products is backed by the power of proprietary data and analytics to help further reduce risk and cost for Servicers.

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In 2016, Altisource continued to grow its Servicer Solutions product suite, increasing its offerings to existing clients and significantly expanding its client base. “We are extremely committed to offering our customers access to customized mortgage and real estate solutions that help drive results,” said John A. Vella, chief revenue officer at Altisource. “We have developed our solutions by leveraging company-wide capabilities combined with our extensive industry experience, compliance and control environment, innovative technology and data analytics to deliver inventive approaches which help mitigate risk in an ever-changing regulatory environment.”

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Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. is a provider of solutions for the real estate, mortgage and consumer debt industries. Altisource’s proprietary business processes, vendor and electronic payment management software and behavioral science-based analytics are designed to improve outcomes for marketplace participants.

Revolutionizing The LOS

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Mortgage builder has been serving the mortgage industry for almost 20 years. The company touts that it has the highest customer retention rate in the industry due to exceptional service and support — Mortgage Builder’s first customer is still a customer over 15 years later. In September 2014, the Mortgage Builder business was acquired by Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. Altisource is a premier marketplace and transaction solutions provider for the real estate, mortgage and consumer debt industries offering both distribution and content. The company has big plans for Mortgage Builder. Larry Alston, the General Manager of Mortgage Builder, talked to our editor about his background and the future of the LOS space. Here’s what he said:

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Q: Larry, you came from the big data industry. What were your first observations of the mortgage industry?

LARRY ALSTON: My first observation was that it is an industry begging to be automated and renovated. What jumped out at me the most was how underserved the mortgage industry is by technology vendors. A lot of lenders continue to do things the way they have always been done — even if it’s in a manner that is less efficient and/or manual, which is often inconvenient for potential borrowers.

Right now, there is an amazing opportunity for technology vendors that are willing to look at the industry from a different perspective and innovate to deliver a much better borrower experience.

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What gets me up in the morning and excited about Mortgage Builder is that outside forces, for the first time in a long time in the mortgage industry, are going to drive innovation. These outside forces are the millennials that are hitting the marketplace with an expectation that people should be able to obtain a mortgage completely online, or at least in self-service mode, with the same type of customer experience they would have if they were shopping for clothes or buying a car online.

Consumer expectations, coupled with the regulatory environment, are increasing the competitive forces entering the marketplace. Additional examples of outside forces include advertisements talking about digital mortgages and quick mortgages.

Q: How has your knowledge and expertise from the big data industry benefited Mortgage Builder?

LARRY ALSTON: The influences I spoke about are driving lenders to look at new technology and will be based on things such as big data, consumer analytics, analytical reporting and the ability to scale.

We believe the industry will ultimately favor vendors who have the ability to scale — to work with their partners, to go out and audit partners, to deal with much higher loan volume and to properly handle the cost of regulatory compliance.

Technology will be hosted in the cloud, centered on data and providing accessibility to it. The data will not only help lenders drive business but also provide insight into how they can improve business. These are the key things that we are working on and plan to bring to the market over the next few years.

So, why does a “techie guy” from the big data business come to run Mortgage Builder? It is because I feel there is a huge opportunity to take what is happening in other industries and apply them to improving the mortgage process. Those improvements will provide our customers with a tremendous competitive advantage over time.

Q: Where can the mortgage industry benefit from change the most?

LARRY ALSTON: The biggest benefit that lenders can receive from the changes mentioned is the ability to close more loans at a higher quality using fewer resources while delivering an enhanced user experience.

We always talk about the lender wanting to close more loans with fewer full-time employees (FTEs) because everyone equates FTEs with cost. So, it is really about how a lender reduces costs. The ultimate goal of all of the changes that we are talking about, including putting data in the cloud, is to make a lending business more efficient. This efficiency will include making data more accessible to end users, closing more loans at a higher quality while adhering to regulatory compliance — and doing it at lower cost in a predictable manner.

Q: What should lenders look for when switching to new loan origination software?

LARRY ALSTON: Today’s ever-changing mortgage market demands more from lenders and their staff. There are more rules and regulations, increased pressure to produce results with fewer resources and intense competition for prospective borrowers. There is more urgency to increase profitability while mitigating risk. Today’s online borrower simply demands more, which is why selecting the right Loan Origination Software (LOS) provider is about so much more than just technology.

For many, an LOS is nearly a commodity, but there is significant churn in the market. Transitioning to a new LOS is time-consuming and disruptive, so why do they do it? Lenders do not switch LOSs for a shiny new button or a sexy new user interface. They switch because their LOS vendor has let them down.

Yes, the platform has to meet configuration, end-to-end and scalability needs, but most LOS options do. The real question when selecting a new LOS is whether the vendor is the right partner for your business. Here are six areas to consider if you are partnering with the right LOS vendor. Here’s what they should demand from their LOS:

1) Customer Service

Having the best technology doesn’t matter much if customers are not fully supported or if the vendor doesn’t have the expertise to meet the ever-changing lending requirements.

The right LOS provider understands the importance of a strong partnership. It’s about developing relationships and fully understanding a customer’s business model to consistently provide the ongoing support and service needed to achieve goals. It’s about maximizing resources and your customer’s expertise. It’s about driving productivity through a partnership that allows you to demand more.

Some questions you should consider about your vendor include: If you have an issue that is preventing a customer from closing loans, how quickly will it be addressed? Will the customer be stuck in a never-ending phone system call queue or will they be getting answers from a live person that is fully vested in their success? Customer service is so much more than just a phone number and a ticketing system. The right partner goes above and beyond to deliver more to ensure customers are continuously satisfied.

2) Mortgage Expertise

Technology is important, but how technology is used is more important. Giving customers software and pushing them out the door is fraught with danger. How will customers improve upon their existing business efficiency? Even if they are happily deployed, what happens when they grow or diversify?

Customers need a team of experts who will support them through the transition. It doesn’t matter if you have great technology if it isn’t successfully implemented. It should start with a unique discovery and needs assessment process as well as proven implementation programs, and it should carry through everything the vendor does to support your needs.

Supporting customer needs includes live support, work groups, development of super users, knowledge transfer and annual tune-ups to ensure the sustained success of customers. Partnerships with providers should evolve with you and your lending needs to provide a superior user experience.

The provider must demonstrate extensive industry experience, take the time to listen to the customer’s needs and learn how it does business by applying best practices and designing workflows to make the business more efficient. Providers need to be there from day one and throughout the contract to advise customers on how to improve efficiency so they can close more loans with fewer FTEs.

3) Compliance

It is critical to partner with a provider that has the resources, expertise and depth of understanding to constantly monitor, update and offer expert advice on changing rules and regulations. Some questions to ask yourself about your current provider are: How well did they support you during the TRID changes? Did they proactively offer insight and guidance about how to properly implement the required changes or were you left scrambling to meet deadlines? Are you still struggling to properly respond to TRID? Are potential penalties and fines looming? If TRID was any indication of how they handle regulatory changes, are you set up properly for the next regulator change?

You need an LOS partner that employs compliance leaders that truly understand how the regulatory changes will impact business and proactively work with your teams to deliver solutions well ahead of regulatory deadlines.

4) Growth

If you plan on growing your business as a lender — whether through new lending channels, M&A or other growth-related initiatives — the right provider needs to be there every step of the way. Partners must demonstrate an unwavering dedication to constantly enhancing their products, support and services to allow you to face these ever-changing market conditions with confidence. Providers need to be committed to developing solutions that keep the industry and your business moving forward.

5) Product Direction

Think about your current provider and answer these questions: Is your current provider dictating future product direction that you are forced to accept or do you have a say in what you need the solution to deliver? Do you truly have a voice? Future product direction should be done in a highly collaborative manner that allows you to provide key insight and input to a group of talented mortgage experts that are passionate about working with you to deliver solutions that propel your business forward.

6) Company Viability

The influx of new rules and regulations has severely taxed many LOS providers. Ask yourself: Does your current provider have the proper resources, financial backing and ability to deliver solutions going forward?

Many LOS providers with limited resources were barely able to meet regulatory requirements let alone deliver new and innovative solutions to meet the demands of today’s borrower. A provider’s long-term viability is a key requirement when selecting a new vendor. The right partner delivers more than just advanced technology.

Q: What do lenders have to focus on if they want to deliver innovation to potential borrowers?

LARRY ALSTON: Technology can’t do it by itself. Things are changing and lenders can’t keep doing things the same way just because it’s how it has always been done. Lenders are going to have to adapt to the technological changes that are occurring if they want to be able to deliver innovative products and services to borrowers.

Software alone can’t do that for lenders. For instance, when a lender implements a new LOS, it is an opportunity for that lender to rethink and change its business operations. If all a lender is doing is taking its current processes and automating them, it is missing an opportunity to improve. There is no value in automating a broken or inefficient process.

Lenders have to rethink their processes when they adopt new technologies. It is an opportunity, not a burden.

We are going to see national-scale lenders become much more aggressive in the marketplace. What people must realize is that these lenders are going to be able to offer more sophisticated products in a low-touch manner. That competitive pressure is going to become tangible — and the need to reinvent and retool is going to become more and more pressing.

Q: Where do you see the industry going in the next two to five years?

LARRY ALSTON: There is going to be increased consolidation in the industry over the next couple of years. There will be fewer lenders and much of that reduction will be driven by the increased competition from the lenders that have successfully scaled. In addition, the industry will experience continued regulatory pressures, which, during TRID, clearly favored those lenders that could scale and properly meet regulatory burdens. Without the right technology partners, it is going to be very difficult for lenders to remain competitive.

INSIDER PROFILE

Larry Alston is the General Manager of Mortgage Builder, which is an Altisource business unit. In his role, he is responsible for all aspects of the Mortgage Builder business and strategic direction. He has a track record of success in enterprise B2B software, most recently in his position as president of FuseSource Corporation, an open source integration and messaging company (acquired by Red Hat in September 2012). Before FuseSource, Alston held senior management positions at EnterpriseDB, IONA Technologies, and eXcelon Corporation.

INDUSTRY PREDICTIONS

Larry Alston thinks:

1) I expect to see a continued influx of new rules and regulations.

2) Borrowers will continue to demand easier user interfaces.

3) Self-service will continue to play a growing role in mortgage technology.

Mortgage Builder can be found online HERE.